December 27th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Buried alive for six days, earthquake survivors reunite for first time

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  CNN's Moni Basu and Jim Spellman bring us this touching story of faith and survival.  CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi was part of the CNN team that helped transport Falone Maxi, the woman in this story, after she was pulled from the rubble and an emergency worker flagged down his team's pick up truck six days after the earthquake.

The arduous trip begins from a city on fire.

Falone Maxi steps into the white Nissan Patrol, a small back nylon bag and an Avis car rental map of Haiti in hand. She is determined to continue her journey with this important trip north, even amid the post-election turmoil in her homeland.

Almost a year after a devastating earthquake, angry Haitians are hurling tragedy's rubble into the streets, setting tires, buildings and campaign signs ablaze.

The political unrest delayed Maxi's trip by a day. But on this gloomy morning in December, the air thick with impending rain, she was up before daybreak to call the driver.

"Are we going today? What time will you pick me up?"

She awoke with the kind of nervous excitement that the wife of a soldier returning from war might feel. She has waited 11 long months to see Mica Joseph, the woman who now means more to her than her own sister.

She has not seen Joseph since that wretched January day when the earth under Haiti heaved violently and the lives of the two women, like those of millions of others, changed.

Read the full story here of how one woman's faith helped her survive being buried alive in Haiti.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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